Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

Welcome! This blog is your exclusive look into the lives of current students from around the US and world as they explore classes, extracurricular activities, campus life, and their love for Rochester. Plus, get advice from admissions and financial aid counselors, regional directors, and deans about the admissions process, academics, scholarships, and aid.

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Kicking Off a Summer in Rochester
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Choosing Your Career
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Pre-College Programs: The Best Summer of My Life
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Study Abroad: Finding the Perfect Program
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Planning for Postgrad
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Working in a Virus Lab
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Meet Our 2015 Pre-College Counselors
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How to Land a Summer Internship
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Entrepreneurship: What Does It Actually Mean?
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The Importance of Taking Chances

Kicking Off a Summer in Rochester

It’s now been over a month since I finished finals and summer 2015 is in full swing. After a couple stressful weeks of studying and paper writing, I headed back home to Oregon for a short visit and some much needed relaxation. But a week and half later, I was back at Rochester, where I’ll[…]

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Choosing Your Career

Choosing your major is exciting. There’s something special about setting the course for the next two, three, four, or fifty years of your life. But are we really ever setting a course? With the multitudinous skills, interests, and passions that we bring to the table in college, it’s difficult to think of our career as[…]

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Pre-College Programs: The Best Summer of My Life

Like one of my favorite celebrities Zooey Deschanel from 500 Days of Summer once said, “Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.” I couldn’t agree more. Yes, summer is the season full of laughter, sunshine, and love. However, over my past nineteen summers, summer 2014 is the best of my life so far, because I[…]

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Study Abroad: Finding the Perfect Program

For years I’ve dreamed of studying abroad—the time when I’d get to live somewhere completely new, immerse myself in a culture different than my own, learn about the unique complexities of another society, and have all kinds of extraordinary experiences. While I hope to spend the rest of my life traveling, studying abroad is an[…]

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Planning for Postgrad

You graduated college—CONGRATULATIONS! That’s wonderful news, and now you’re off to the real world. What kinds of tips and tricks can we give you to prepare you for postgrad life? Well buckle up, because there’s a lot to learn if you want to be financially fit. 1. Loan repayments don’t start the day after you[…]

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Working in a Virus Lab

In January 2013, I started volunteering in the Ward Lab over at the Medical Center to do undergraduate research. The Ward Lab’s primary focus is viruses, so I actually got the opportunity to work with mouse pox, a member of the poxvirus family. So yes, I was and still am working with a very dangerous[…]

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Meet Our 2015 Pre-College Counselors

Written by Stanley Martin, Graduate Head Counselor, Pre-College Programs Hello families, my name is Stanley Martin and I’m currently a mental health counseling graduate student at University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. I am the Graduate Head Counselor for Pre-College Programs 2015 and I’m elated about the opportunity! In just a few weeks, we[…]

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How to Land a Summer Internship

As a college student, it is important to gain real-world experiences outside of school. Summer is the best time to gain such experience through volunteering or internships. For most students, internships can seem intimidating (at least it was for me). I’m here to talk about how to land a summer internship from the beginning to[…]

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Entrepreneurship: What Does It Actually Mean?

by Jesse Reichenstein, member of the Class of 2016 and president of Spark Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship (n) en·tre·pre·neur·ship: A word most of us have probably heard but are still kind of unclear on what it means. As a part of the Spark Entrepreneurs student community, that’s what we try to clear up on campus. We get a lot of students saying, “Oh…[…]

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The Importance of Taking Chances

The May 1 enrollment deadline has come and gone, which means Rochester’s campus eagerly awaits the newly confirmed Class of 2019’s August arrival. Of course, the feelings are reciprocated; you soon-to-be freshmen are surely brimming with excitement, curiosity, and probably some anxiety about your upcoming adventure. There’s no way to say this without sounding cliché, but[…]

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